Rogue ‘Terminator’ robots which can kill without human orders could become reality in just a few years

Sunday, February 14, 2016
By Paul Martin

Scientist Wendel Wallach calls for ethical committees to monitor research
Yale University ethicist believes the machines should not go uncontrolled
Need to keep technology ‘a good servant, not a dangerous master’
Sentiments echo warnings last year from Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk
Hawking warned computers ‘must have goals aligned with ours’
Other leading scientists claim robots will soon do everything humans can
Robots may pose a threat to global employment over next 30 years

14 February 2016

Killer robots that can execute without human intervention will become a reality within years unless there is a global agreement to ban them, warns a leading scientist.

Wendell Wallach, an ethicist at Yale University, will today call on the US government to outlaw such machines on the basis they violate international humanitarian law.

Wallach also warns that technology has become so advanced that a robot capable of killing humans on its own volition will soon become a possibility – much like the rogue machines seen in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s hit film, The Terminator.

‘The basic idea is there is a need for concerted action to keep technology a good servant and not let it become a dangerous master.’
Last year, similar sentiments were voiced by Stephen Hawking, in an open letter arguing AI development should not go on uncontrolled, otherwise mankind could be heading for a dark future.

At the time, Hawking told Techworld: ‘Computers will overtake humans with AI at some within the next 100 years.
‘When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours.’

‘Our future is a race between the growing power of technology and the wisdom with which we use it.’

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